Episode 33 – U.S. Midterms 2022: The battle for control of Congress


The midterm elections are coming up and there is a lot at stake. The Democrats have a slim majority in both the House and the Senate and they are fighting to keep control. The Republicans are trying to take over and they are using a variety of issues to appeal to voters. These issues include the economy, the Russia-Ukraine crisis, and more. It is up to the voters to decide which party they want to control Congress.

Hello and welcome to another series of political literacy on Azazel Podcast. This series is about the midterm elections, which seems to be the most interesting election cycle in American political history.

I am your host Dr. Bobb Rousseau, and, in this episode, I explain how US politicians are making their final appeals to voters by taking position in their own way regarding the wide-reaching and varied set of issues that are dominating discussions across the United States.  It is my hope that by the end of this series, you will decide to go vote to voice your opinion on issues that matter to you the most.

Currently the democratic party has a razor-thin majority in Congress. The Senate is a 50-50 split (with Vice President Kamala Harris’ tie-breaking vote giving them the advantage) and Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s control of the House rests on a slim margin. This year, all 435 House seats and 35 of the 100 Senate seats are on the ballot. Additionally, 36 out of 50 states will elect governors.

Democrats need at least 50 seats to keep US Senate control and Republicans need 51 to take over. Based on race ratings by Inside Elections, Republicans are currently favored to win 20 Seats, while Democrats are favored to win 12 Seats. 3 Seats in Nevada, Pennsylvania, and Georgia, are currently rated as toss-ups, which means there is no clear winner yet.

The debates in the key issues affecting the state of the American economy are that both sides are making appeals to your vote by stating they are the best to resolve all of these issues. The Republicans are blaming the Democrats while the Democrats are blaming the Republicans and the Russia-Ukraine crisis. This means that a vote for control of Congress will not only affect the United States; it could also deepen divisions over Ukraine aid.  

This November, Americans are heading to the polls to elect, reelect, or fire federal, state representatives, and local officials. This election is important because both sides are running on key issues that are impacting their constituents. Inflation, abortion rights, fair election, gun control, public safety, global warming, immigration, and healthcare are dominating political debates ahead of the critical US vote.

What makes this election more interesting is that Republicans, who are seeking to retake control of Congress from their Democratic Party rivals, are lamenting the state of the economy amid a global financial downturn and a steady rise in the cost of living. On the other hand, Democrats are focusing on abortion rights after the US Supreme Court repealed the constitutional right to the procedure.

It is up to you, as voters and constituents to vote, not based on your colors, not based on your gender, not even based on your political affiliations, but based on your interests. When you head to the polls next week, ask yourself that question: What issue affects me the most and which candidate will go defend that right for me in Congress or the State legislature? The one who has the same stand as you regarding this issue is the one who deserves your vote. Don’t vote for a party, don’t vote your color, do not vote your background; vote your interests because your vote is the only freedom you must defend.

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